LW4K Game Spotlight: Taiko no Tatsujin: Pop, Tap, Beat!

This is the next video in a new Learningworks for Kids series, Game Spotlight! In each video, we are highlighting some great games both old and new and defining the key executive functions that can be strengthened through play. This video will focus on Taiko no Tatsujin: Pop, Tap, Beat!. Click here to watch the video and learn more. The transcript is also provided below for your convenience. A special thanks to our videographer J.R. for his work on this awesome video!


Hey everyone, welcome to Learningworks for Kids Game Spotlights! This is a new series where we will be walking through some of your favorite games and talking about how playing them can help you get better at real-world skills! If you want to know more about how to take your gameplay to the next level, visit learningworksforkids.com and learn more about how video games can be a part of a balanced play diet. 

Today we are going mobile to talk about Apple Arcade’s newest rhythm game Taiko no Tatsujin: Pop, Tap, Beat! This is the newest in the long running Namco series where you and your adorable Taiko avatar drum your way through various songs and unlock new content along the way. 

Like any rhythm game, you are going to need some serious working memory skills. The notes you need to hit scroll from right to left and you need to remember which color and size icon represents a certain action you must perform. For example, a small red circle is a regular “don” sound while a larger red circle is a much louder “don” which requires you to hit the drum with two fingers instead of one. This may sound easy but as you move up in difficulty levels and the notes are flying by, you’ll see why it’s important to have this knowledge ready to go before you push your first button. 

You are also going to need focus in order to succeed with this game. The backgrounds of Taiko no Tatsujin are colorful and bizarre, meaning that they are also really fun to watch. But if you take your eyes off of the drum beats, you will easily lose your place and possibly mess up your entire sense of rhythm. Focusing only on the notes and the beat of the song will ensure that you get the highest score possible. 

Which song is your favorite to drum to?  Let us know in the comments below! And if you enjoyed this video, be sure to hit that Subscribe button to see new reviews and playthroughs every week. Well, that’s all the time we have for today but be sure to join us for the next Game Spotlight at learningworksforkids.com! 


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